The court on Thursday said that the actor should be tried for a more serious charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and not death by negligence. According to sources, Salman may move Bombay High Court challenging the latest rule of the Mumbai court.
A maximum jail sentence of 10 years are given to the culprit who is tried under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The 47-year-old actor currently is facing charges under section 304(A) which attracts a maximum imprisonment for two years.
The court trial regarding the hit and run case would begin from Feb 11 and Salman is expected to appear before the session court on the day.
Salman's Toyota Land Crusier, which was allegedly driven by him, had rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra on Sep 28, 2002. One person was killed and four others had received severe injuries.
Earlier the family members of the deceased had moved Bombay High Court demanding their unpaid compensation. Salman was asked to pay Rs 19 lakh to relatives of the five victims. Mehboob's wife Farida Begum and 22-year-old son Feroz have been struggling to get their compensation of Rs 10 lakh since last ten years.
However, sources informed that relatives of other victims have already collected their compensations. The actor did not give any statement on the issue, however, sources close to him stated that Mehboob's wife and son have failed to prove their identities and thus they have not got their due payment yet.